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Kennedy Hope Academy

McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Mental Health Programs

Rui Carreiro, MEd, Program Director
Nicole Abenaim, EdM, BCBA, Director of Clinical Services
John Julian, MD, Medical Director

Kennedy Hope Academy (KHA) is a residential and day school utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA) and positive behavioral supports (PBS) to provide state-of-the-art treatment to students, ages 5-21, who have severe challenging behaviors, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, neurological disorders and/or concurrent psychiatric illnesses.  KHA offers a year-round specialized education program as well as psychopharmacology, speech and occupational therapy and community-based recreation opportunities.

A Kennedy Hope Academy student at play

A Kennedy Hope Academy student at play
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The program brings together the long-standing commitment of Franciscan's pediatric rehabilitation specialists and educators, as well as the resources and psychiatric expertise of McLean Hospital.  The school is located within Franciscan Hospital ( and features onsite outdoor playgrounds, a student computer lab, sensory rooms and access to specialized medical and dental services.

Program Features

Licensing Approvals:

The private school program is approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Residential services are licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Franciscan Hospital for Children is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health


For more information on the Kennedy Hope Academy, or to tour our facility, please contact Director of Educational Admissions at

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